All the National Parks Checklist

It may be your bucket list ambition to visit all the national parks in the United States, or maybe you are just curious to see a checklist of national parks in the country. Well, read on.

Here is an American national parks list in alphabetical order and another organized by state, as well as a list of all national parks in America by the date they were created, and a checklist of US national parks that you can download.

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How many national parks are there in the United States? 

The short answer is 63.  The long answer? Well, it’s actually a little more complicated. 

The US National Park Service, which was created back in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, actually manages 425 properties or units. To make things confusing, these units are often called “parks”, so some people say there are 425 national parks (lower case), but 63 National Parks (capitalized).  I generally say there are 425 units managed by the National Park Service, but 63 national parks, but we are talking technicalities here. 

There are 19 main different types of properties or units (one of which are technically National Parks = the 63), plus a random additional 11 properties.  These are: 

  1. National Parks (63) 
2. National Monuments (84) 

African Burial Ground National Monument, New York
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas
Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska
Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, District of Columbia
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama
Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia
Buck Island Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
Cabrillo National Monument, California
Camp Nelson National Monument, Kentucky
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska
Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida
Castle Clinton National Monument, New York
Castle Mountains National Monument, California
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
César E. Chávez National Monument, California
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
Devils Postpile National Monument, California
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah
Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument, Illinois and Mississippi
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia
Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland
Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia
Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York
Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico
Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming
Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama
George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia
George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico
Governors Island National Monument, New York
Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
Hohokam Pima National Monument, Arizona
Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado and Utah
Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine
Lava Beds National Monument, California
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, Mississippi
Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, Kentucky
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona
Muir Woods National Monument, California
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Navajo National Monument, Arizona
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, Oregon
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico
Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona
Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana
Pullman National Monument, Illinois
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey and New York
Stonewall National Monument, New York
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
Tonto National Monument, Arizona
Tule Lake National Monument, California
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada
Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona
Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
Yucca House National Monument, Colorado

3. National Parkways (4)

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
George Washington Memorial Parkway, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

8. National Wild and Scenic Rivers and Riverways (10) 
9. National Scenic Trails (3) 

Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia (14 states)
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Alabama, Mississippi, and, Tennessee
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

12. National Historical Parks (61) 

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky
Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Rhode Island
Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Louisiana
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia
Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Ohio
First State National Historical Park, Delaware
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, South Carolina
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana
Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, New York
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland
Homestead National Historical Park, Nebraska
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio
Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana
Jimmy Carter National Historical Park, Georgia
Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Hawaii
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska and Washington
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon and Washington
Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas
Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan
Manhattan Project National Historical Park, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Georgia
Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey
Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Louisiana
Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Georgia
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey
Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, South Carolina
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Virgin Islands
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington
Saratoga National Historical Park, New York
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, New Hampshire
Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, Missouri
Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska
Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey
Tumacacori National Historical Park, Arizona
Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam
Weir Farm National Historical Park, Connecticut
Women’s Rights National Historical Park, New York

13. National Historic Sites (75) 

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Amache National Historic Site, Colorado
Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Tennessee
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, District of Columbia
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, South Carolina
Christiansted National Historic Site, Virgin Islands
Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, California
First Ladies National Historic Site, Ohio
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, District of Columbia
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming
Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas
Fort Point National Historic Site, California
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina
Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas and Oklahoma
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Montana and North Dakota
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana
Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland
Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Honouliuli National Historic Site, Hawaii
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona
James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts
John Muir National Historic Site, California
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Arkansas
Longfellow – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia
Manzanar National Historic Site, California
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, District of Columbia
Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota
Nicodemus National Historic Site, Kansas
Ninety Six National Historic Site, South Carolina
Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, District of Columbia
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Arkansas
Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site, New York
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts
San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, New York
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Maryland
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Alabama
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Missouri
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma
Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington
William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Ohio

14. International Historic Sites (1) 
17. National Battlefield Sites (1) 
20. Other Designations (11) 

Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia
Fort Washington Park, Maryland
Greenbelt Park, Maryland
National Capital Parks – East, District of Columbia
National Mall and Memorial Parks, District of Columbia
Piscataway Park, Maryland
Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia
White House, District of Columbia
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Virginia

The most recent national park is New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia. It was upgraded from a National River in December, 2020.

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US National Parks Checklist

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    Alphabetical List of National Parks 

    National Park Name State Year Est. Order Est. 
    Acadia Maine 1919 13th 
    American Samoa American Samoa 1988 50th 
    Arches Utah 1971 35th 
    Badlands South Dakota 1978 38th 
    Big Bend Texas 1944 27th 
    Biscayne Florida 1980 41st 
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado 1999 55th 
    Bryce Canyon Utah 1928 17th 
    Canyonlands Utah 1964 31st 
    Capitol Reef Utah 1971 36th 
    Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 1930 19th 
    Channel Islands California 1980 40th 
    Congaree South Carolina 2003 57th 
    Crater Lake Oregon 1902 5th 
    Cuyahoga Valley Ohia 2000 56th 
    Death Valley California 1994 53rd 
    Denali Alaska 1917 12th 
    Dry Tortugas Florida 1992 51st 
    Everglades Florida 1934 20th 
    Gates of the Arctic Alaska 1980 42nd 
    Gateway Arch Missouri 2018 60th 
    Glacier Montana 1910 8th 
    Glacier Bay Alaska 1980 43rd 
    Grand Canyon Arizona 1919 14th 
    Grand Teton Wyoming 1929 18th 
    Great Basin Nevada 1986 49th 
    Great Sand Dunes Colorado 2004 58th 
    Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee 1934 21st 
    Guadalupe Mountains Texas 1966 32nd 
    Haleakala Hawaii 1961 29th 
    Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii 1916 10th 
    Hot Springs Arkansas 1921 16th 
    Indiana Dunes Indiana 2019 61st 
    Isle Royale Michigan 1940 25th 
    Joshua Tree California 1994 54th 
    Katmai Alaska 1980 44th 
    Kenai Fjords Alaska 1980 45th 
    Kings Canyon California 1940 24th 
    Kobuk Valley Alaska 1980 46th 
    Lake Clark Alaska 1980 47th 
    Lassen Volcanic California 1916 11th 
    Mammoth Cave Kentucky 1941 26th 
    Mesa Verde Colorado 1906 7th 
    Mount Rainier Washington 1899 4th 
    New River Gorge West Virginia 2020 63rd 
    North Cascades Washington 1968 33rd 
    Olympic Washington 1938 23rd 
    Petrified Forest Arizona 1962 30th 
    Pinnacles California 2013 59th 
    Redwood California 1968 34th 
    Rocky Mountain Colorado 1915 9th 
    Saguaro Arizona 1994 52nd 
    Sequoia California 1890 2nd 
    Shenandoah Virginia 1935 22nd 
    Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 1978 39th 
    Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands 1956 28th 
    Voyageurs Minnesota 1975 37th 
    White Sands New Mexico 2019 62nd 
    Wind Cave South Dakota 1903 6th 
    Wrangell – St. Elias Alaska 1980 48th 
    Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho 1872 1st 
    Yosemite California 1890 3rd 
    Zion Utah 1919 15th 
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    All National Parks in the US in the Order They Were Established

    Order Est. Year Est. National Park Name State 
    1st March 1, 1872 Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho 
    2nd  September 25, 1890 Sequoia California 
    3rd October 1, 1890 Yosemite California 
    4th March 2, 1899 Mount Rainier Washington 
    5th May 22, 1902 Crater Lake Oregon 
    6th January 9, 1903 Wind Cave South Dakota 
    7th June 29, 1906 Mesa Verde Colorado 
    8th May 11, 1910 Glacier Montana 
    9th January 26, 1915 Rocky Mountain Colorado 
    10th  August 1, 1916 Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii 
    11th August 9, 1916 Lassen Volcanic California 
    12th February 26, 1917 Denali Alaska 
    13th February 26, 1919 Acadia Maine 
     14th  February 26, 1919 Grand Canyon Arizona 
    15th November 19, 1919 Zion Utah 
    16th March 4, 1921 Hot Springs Arkansas 
    17th February 25, 1928 Bryce Canyon Utah 
    18th February 26, 1929 Grand Teton Wyoming 
    19th May 14, 1930 Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 
    20th May 30, 1934 Everglades Florida 
    21st June 15, 1934 Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee 
    22nd December 26, 1935 Shenandoah Virginia 
    23rd June 29, 1938 Olympic Washington 
    24th March 4, 1940 Kings Canyon California 
    25th April 3, 1940 Isle Royale Michigan 
    26th July 1, 1941 Mammoth Cave Kentucky 
    27th June 12, 1944 Big Bend Texas 
    28th August 2, 1956 Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands 
    29th July 1, 1961 Haleakala Hawaii 
    30th December 9 , 1962 Petrified Forest Arizona 
    31st September 12, 1964 Canyonlands Utah 
    32nd October 15, 1966 Guadalupe Mountains Texas 
    33rd October 2, 1968 Redwood California 
     34th October 2, 1968North Cascades Washington 
    35th November 12, 1971 Arches Utah 
    36th December 18, 1971 Capitol Reef Utah 
    37th April 8, 1975 Voyageurs Minnesota 
    38th November 10, 1978 Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 
     39th  November 10, 1978Badlands South Dakota 
    40th March 5, 1980 Channel Islands California 
    41st June 28, 1980 Biscayne Florida 
    42nd  December 2, 1980 Gates of the Arctic Alaska 
     43rdDecember 2, 1980Glacier Bay Alaska 
     44thDecember 2, 1980Katmai Alaska 
     45thDecember 2, 1980Kenai Fjords Alaska 
     46thDecember 2, 1980Kobuk Valley Alaska 
     47thDecember 2, 1980Lake Clark Alaska 
     48thDecember 2, 1980Wrangell – St. Elias Alaska 
    49th October 27, 1986 Great Basin Nevada 
    50th October 31, 1988 American Samoa American Samoa 
    51st October 26, 1992 Dry Tortugas Florida 
    52nd October 14, 1994 Saguaro Arizona 
    53rdOctober 31, 1994 Death Valley California 
    54th  October 31, 1994Joshua Tree California 
    55th October 21, 1999 Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado 
    56th October 11, 2000 Cuyahoga Valley Ohia 
    57th November 10, 2003 Congaree South Carolina 
    58th September 13, 2004 Great Sand Dunes Colorado 
    59th January 15, 2013 Pinnacles California 
    60th February 22, 2018 Gateway Arch Missouri 
    61st February 15, 2019 Indiana Dunes Indiana 
    62nd December 20, 2019 White Sands New Mexico 
    63rd December 27, 2020 New River Gorge West Virginia 
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    U.S. National Park List by State

    State National Park Name Year Est. 
    Alaska Denali 1917 
     Gates of the Arctic 1980 
     Glacier Bay 1980 
     Katmai 1980 
     Kenai Fjords 1980 
     Kobuk Valley 1980 
     Lake Clark 1980 
     Wrangell – St. Elias 1980 
    American Samoa American Samoa 1988 
    Arizona Grand Canyon 1919 
     Petrified Forest 1962 
     Saguaro 1994 
    Arkansas Hot Springs 1921 
    California Channel Islands 1980 
     Death Valley 1994 
     Joshua Tree 1994 
     Kings Canyon 1940 
     Lassen Volcanic 1916 
     Pinnacles 2013 
     Redwood 1968 
     Sequoia 1890 
     Yosemite 1890 
    Colorado Black Canyon of the Gunnison 1999 
     Great Sand Dunes 2004 
     Mesa Verde 1906 
     Rocky Mountain 1915 
    Florida Biscayne 1980 
     Dry Tortugas 1992 
     Everglades 1934 
    Hawaii Haleakala 1961 
     Hawaii Volcanoes 1916 
    Wyoming, Montana, Idaho Yellowstone 1872 
    Indiana Indiana Dunes 2019 
    Kentucky Mammoth Cave 1941 
    Maine Acadia 1919 
    Michigan Isle Royale 1940 
    Minnesota Voyageurs 1971 
    Missouri Gateway Arch 2018 
    Montana Glacier 1910 
     Yellowstone 1872 
    Nevada Great Basin 1986 
    New Mexico Carlsbad Caverns 1930 
     White Sands 2019 
    North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt 1978 
    Ohia Cuyahoga Valley 2000 
    Oregon Crater Lake 1902 
    South Carolina Congaree 2003 
    South Dakota Badlands 1978 
     Wind Cave 1903 
    Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains 1934 
    Texas Big Bend 1944 
     Guadalupe Mountains 1966 
    US Virgin Islands Virgin Islands 1956 
    Utah Arches 1971 
     Bryce Canyon 1928 
     Canyonlands 1964 
     Capitol Reef 1971 
     Zion 1919 
    Virginia Shenandoah 1935 
    Washington Mount Rainier 1899 
     North Cascades 1968 
     Olympic 1938 
    West Virginia New River Gorge 2020 
    Wyoming Grand Teton 1929 
     Yellowstone 1872 
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    National Parks Checklist Poster

    I have provided a free downloadable of all US national parks for you to use to track your national parks adventures. However, if you prefer a large national park checklist poster, then you can pick one up online.

    The national parks of the USA checklist poster is 11 x 17 inches and is printed on cardstock. These make a great gift (for someone else or for yourself – no judgment!)

    National Parks Checklist Map

    A really fun way to keep track of your visits the national parks is a scratch off map. This 24 x 17-inch national parks map checklist comes on professional grade quality cardstock paper. There are golden trees placed for each park, and as you visit the park, you scratch off the tree, to reveal a colorful picture of the park. The trees are all numbered for easy reference. This national park map checklist also makes a great gift.

    National Park Checklist Book

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    National Parks Checklist T Shirt

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    It has an all national parks map, with a key code and a complete list of all the national parks in the US.


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    James Ian Yosemite

    James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

    He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

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